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The First Grader: Set in a mountain village in Kenya the film tells the remarkable true and uplifting story of a proud old Mau Mau veteran who is determined to seize his last chance to learn to read and write - and so ends up joining a class alongside six year-olds. Together he and his young teacher face fierce resistance, but ultimately they win through - and also find a new way of overcoming the burdens of the colonial past.

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Released: September 04, 2010
Runtime: 103103 mins
Genres: Biography Drama
Countries: Kenya UK USA
Actors: Naomie Harris Nick Reding Vusi Kunene

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Posted by lily10177 8 months ago
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this was hard to watch but so powerful. it makes me thankful for the education I've received and understanding of those like my grandparents who could pursue it. It goes to show that we can never stop growing.

Posted by OnSteroids 11 months ago
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This is such a sweet and heartwarming movie, perfect for a monday evening :))

Posted by geminicw 1 year, 3 months ago ( Edited 1 year, 2 months ago )
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I just love when I accidentally come across a movie which turns out to be better than most overly rated/marketed movies and blows me away, it happens so rarely, this movie had my whole attention from start to finish it really deserves more attention, so inspirational and motivating 10/10

Posted by udvarnold 1 year, 7 months ago
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Definitely worth to watch...10/10. great movie and must see...

Posted by ConnieandAnn 1 year, 7 months ago
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This film is amazing and powerful. This true story invites the tears, the anguish, and the power to want to do something to your life, using the past as a tool for the future. This is an amazing document that one should not pass up. Cheers to this man and the power he had to introduce education at no cost and no age.

Posted by pokadot78 1 year, 10 months ago
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Great film so inspirational 10/10

Posted by brotherdavid 2 years, 4 months ago
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That was one of the best films i have seen. thankyou to all who uploaded it. 10/5!

Posted by WildOtter 2 years, 4 months ago
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A good film. Pretty inspiring stuff. Some of it was difficult to watch but I guess thats what makes it so real and emotional. The old man was a great actor and of course so was Harris. I did feel like the film started to lose some steam at the half way point but it picked it back up for the last chapter. You should def give it a try. A 8/10 for me.

Posted by ArtB1969 2 years, 5 months ago
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I love this movie. An old man, determined to learn to go to school, so he can learn to read a letter he's had for a long time. The flashbacks to his youth just show how much he's gone through to become the man who perseveres in spite of obstacles. Wonderful, Inspiring, and totally going on my Favorites list!

Posted by moukdad 2 years, 7 months ago
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great movie 9/10

Posted by ebonycw 2 years, 8 months ago
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so proud to be Kenyan

Posted by tashamac89 2 years, 9 months ago
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loved it, very good and inspirational. it's so sad what mistreatment some of the older ones of our generation (worldwide) have gone through and still get treated like without respect is a slap in the face.

Posted by Blacksnakemoan_20 2 years, 9 months ago
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A++++++ BEST MOVIE EVER

Posted by ashu 2 years, 11 months ago
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Awesome move... must watch 10/10

Posted by tsisgoya1 2 years, 11 months ago
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Good movie, definitely worth the watch.

Posted by datzmajyk 2 years, 11 months ago
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Excellent movie. 10/10!

Posted by mizzy3100 2 years, 11 months ago
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Loved it!One of those movies that tugs on all sort of emotions...happy,sad,angry...a must see :)

Posted by daddycool39 2 years, 11 months ago
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Very good movie 10/10

Posted by will007 2 years, 11 months ago
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great movie very inspirational just goes to show us never never to old to learn

Posted by toddnash 2 years, 11 months ago
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inspirational! uplifting! A must watch film.

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